JAMB Cut Off Marks: Will All Universities Accept it? - School Contents

Updates and Guides on Schools, jobs, Academic programmes and Admissions.

JAMB Cut Off Marks: Will All Universities Accept it?

JAMB Cut-Off Marks is a Recommendation Not a Compulsion
Will your schools accept JAMB cut off marks announced?

I smile sometimes when my candidates call or check-in to ask if JAMB has finally released the national cut off marks. This is because it’s obvious these kids don’t know what I know. Nigeria is a country full of wonders.

Let me explain.

But first, I’d done some justice to how JAMB draws the national cut-off marks for Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges in the post, "Stages That Follow Writing JAMB UTME and Results (Must-Read for UTME Candidates)"You may take a moment to read that and get the basic ideas.

The reason for this post is to answer the question of whether all schools will abide by the national cut off marks as announced by JAMB.

Candidates want to know because it’s based on this they usually make their final decisions on changing of institutions and courses. If the cut off marks favours them, they will stay, and if otherwise, they will move to other favouring institutions.

UPDATE: JAMB has not announced the cut off marks for the 2020/2021 admission. Kindly subscribe to this blog to know when they announce. You will receive an email message on that and many more. However, make sure you read this post to the end as there many things to learn.

Here is the JAMB Cut Off Mark for the 2019/2020 Admission Year.

JAMB approved 160 and above as the national minimum benchmark for admission for the year 2019 into public universities, 140 for private universities, 120 for public polytechnics and colleges of education, and 110 for private polytechnics and colleges of education.

But how does JAMB cut off marks truly work?

Here we go!

JAMB "Cut-Off Marks" is a Recommendation Not a Compulsion

JAMB announces her cut off marks and recommends that for schools to consider for the admission year. In other words, after the body has come up with a benchmark for the year admissions, they plead to schools to accept it if they also DEEM IT FIT for their academic standard.

With this, those institutions are not under any statutory obligation to ACCEPT what JAMB announces. They may accept it or reject it.

JAMB is, still yet, in no position to make it compulsory for our institutions to accept a score.

In the same vein, the body’s cut off marks gives just the minimum marks each university, polytechnic and college must go for never the maximum score they can accept.

If JAMB declares 160 and above for universities, for instance, these schools may accept a higher mark than that but they’re NOT to accept less. If JAMB declares 120 and above for polytechnics and colleges, those schools may accept more if they want but not less.

However, in recent times, the less competitive schools that are hungry for candidates have been given the privilege to accept less than the JAMB cut off marks. This is common among the newly established institutions.

Cut Off marks to Expect From Your Proposed Schools

I know you’re disappointed that our schools are not made to compulsorily accept the marks declared by JAMB. Sorry really. And now you don’t know what to do next since you’re waiting for JAMB cut off marks to decide if you must change institutions and where to.

So, what should you decide on?

See, experience has shown that a majority of universities will not accept less than 200 no matter what JAMB announces. I listed these institutions in my post, “Universities/Polytechnics Accepting Lower UTME Marks and Reasons to Do JAMB Change of Institutions”. So while waiting for JAMB’s say?

Some polytechnics and colleges are equally adamant that they won’t accept less than 150.

A few others can be fluctuating. Even for the fluctuating set, they don’t go too higher or too lower than they accept in the previous years. You can see these too in the linked post above.

Change your Institutions Based on The Last Year Cut-Off Marks and Pray

Some of you might have seen some manufactured blog posts announcing JAMB cut off marks for this year. Some have posted particular universities’ cut off marks for the current year. They are liars. Don’t trust those posts.


You can ask from your proposed schools’ admission offices, no school will announce the current year cut off marks until their admission forms or post UTME forms are out. In other words, it’s in the post UTME or screening form adverts that the individual institutions will state the marks they want from their aspirants for the current admission year.

Whereas, these post UTME forms are not yet out. Then, where did your fake blogs get their own cut off marks?

In case you don’t know, most schools will not start selling their post UTME forms until after the release of WAEC May/June results. You know why? Very many aspirants are using awaiting results for their admissions.

If you may ask me, when are WAEC results expected to be released? Answer: about 45 days after the last paper. Start counting...

Now, this is what you should do.

Look for the previous year cut off marks for your proposed school and decide your changes based on that if you’re in a hurry.

If you’re not in haste, you can still wait until that school starts selling her post UTME forms. Some schools will still be accepting changes while the sales of their post UTME forms still ongoing. Some will not stop accepting changes until the admission year finally ends. I discussed them all it the post, “Universities and Others Accepting Change of Institutions and Those Who Are Not”.


This is your way out of the mess most blogs have put you into. Kindly share it with others.

Let me share another secret with you. If you read anything like the current year cut off marks on WhatsApp, Facebook, etc, most of the time, they’re last year cut off marks. Those bloggers will just change the date on the posts to the current year in order to lure you into thinking it’s indeed for that session.

Carefully choose what to believe.

Best of luck!

People would appreciate it if you could just share this post with them on Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, etc. Use the share icons below for your convenience.

Best Related Posts

  1. Check If You Are Qualified For the University and Course You Chose in JAMB
  2. Change of Institutions/Courses Payment: Is the Money for All or Separate Charge Needed?
  3. Is JAMB Change of Institution on Sale? What is the Closing Date?
  4. List of Polytechnics that Accept Second (2nd) or Third (3rd) Choice for Admission
  5. Steps to Gain Admission to Nigeria Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (PART IV)

No comments:

Post a comment

Your comment will appear after being reviewed by admin. Check back please!

Receive Posts by Email

Enter your email and click subscribe:

Then, check your email for a confirmation message. Click the link in the email to complete your subscription.

Delivered by FeedBurner